from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view: "We have seen too much defeatism, too much pessimism, too much of a negative approach” ( Margo Jones).
- n. The doctrine or belief that this is the worst of all possible worlds and that all things ultimately tend toward evil.
- n. The doctrine or belief that the evil in the world outweighs the good.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A general belief that bad things will happen.
- n. The doctrine that this world is the worst of all possible worlds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The opinion or doctrine that everything in nature is ordered for or tends to the worst, or that the world is wholly evil; -- opposed to
- n. A disposition to take the least hopeful view of things.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In metaphysics:
- n. The doctrine that this world is the worst possible.
- n. The doctrine that the development of the universe has such a law that it must ultimately reach, or at least tend toward, the same nonexistence from which it sprang.
- n. The tendency to exaggerate in thought the evils of life, or to look only upon its dark side; a melancholy or depressing spirit or view of life.
- n. The worst possible condition; the point of greatest deterioration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the feeling that things will turn out badly
- n. a general disposition to look on the dark side and to expect the worst in all things
I used just now the term pessimism; but that was doubtless in a great measure because I have been turning over a collection of the extraordinarily vivid drawings of Honoré Daumier.
(Geismar, p. 183.) 16 Two striking stories in which the pessimism is the central thesis, and contemporaneous with White Fang, are "The Sun Dog Trail," and "The White Man's Way," both published in a later collection.
Lost in the pessimism is the fact that 20 out of 24 S&P 500 technology companies that have reported earnings so far have beaten Wall Street estimates.
That which they call pessimism in Swift and in Byron is only a burning, sharp protest against the imperfection of life and man.
The reason for my pessimism is the imbalances in trade between the members: Japan, United States, Europe and Asia.
"It depends on what you call pessimism," Lorne rejoined.
But his pessimism is thankfully not shared by the wider group.
Actually, the reason for liberal pessimism is idealism.
I strongly believe that that the pessimism is very well justified.
This long sickness of pessimism is too well known to most of us to be detailed here.